Mercy Health System is proud to offer our patients access to 3D mammography—one of the newest, most innovative technologies in women’s healthcare.
In 2D mammography, breast cancers are sometimes hidden behind normal breast tissue. In 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, images of the whole breast are taken in slices (similar to a CT scanner), helping your doctor to see all around and between the breast tissues.
The Benefits of 3D Mammography
Earlier and More Accurate Detection: 3D mammography can make a tumor easier to see. 3D offers multiple image “slices” which can help doctors spot smaller cancers earlier.
Better detection in dense breast tissue: For women with dense breast tissue, 3D mammography may offer an advantage over traditional 2D imaging. Dense breast tissue can cause shadows due to overlapping tissue, which hides tumors from traditional 2D mammography. 3D mammography takes images of the breast from multiple angles, offering a more complete view through and around breast tissue.
Less Anxiety: 3D mammography can help reduce false alarms. That’s because improved accuracy means fewer unnecessary callbacks to women for additional scans and biopsies.
Safe and Effective: The amount of radiation a woman is exposed to during a 3D mammogram is about the same as a 2D mammogram, and well below the FDA-regulated limit for mammography.